kitchen renovation

Introducing project Oh Joy

joy-kitchen-finishes-finalHi guys, I’m here with another really exciting project to share! If you have been a blog reader for any amount of time you will know my next client and friend, Joy Cho of Oh Joy. She recently moved into a new studio space and I’m thrilled to be working with her on the design. First up is the kitchen!

oh-joy-kitchen-beforeIn the before photo you will see the layout is not ideal. It’s shaped like the Tetris S shape that would always screw up my game (child of the 80’s!). Also, I don’t think I’ve ever seen this color brown/tan even in the same vicinity as the bright and colorful Joy, so the current kitchen doesn’t reflect her or her brand at all. First thing I wanted to do was change the foot print of the kitchen.

oh-joy-kitchen-design-sarah-sherman-samuelOn top you will see the current layout and below is my proposed new layout. Instead of losing that storage space in the corner I wanted to take away the bank of cabinets against the north wall and build up a bigger bank of cabinets on one big peninsula. This will give more usable counterspace and storage while also creating a better focal point around the sink.

When it came to the finishes there were a few things Joy new she wanted and a few things I knew I wanted so we came up with a must-have list.

1: Floating Shelves
2: Marble Countertops
3: Mint Green
4: Cement Tile Backsplash
5: Brass Accents

Below you’ll see three options I created for the initial design direction.

oh-joy-kitchen-optionsThey all cross our must have items off the list but have slight variations on each. The first option was to use the mint color on the cabinets and then tile the backsplash up past the floating shelf, ending it at varied heights as a design feature. The randomness breaks up all the clean lines and carries the eye through the kitchen.

The second option utilizes one Oh Joy’s own tile designs (she is coming out with an Oh Joy for Clé tile line) and I applied it in a random pattern but tiled it all the way up to the top of the wall. In this one I kept the cabinets white and let the tile stand out on it’s own.

And finally, the third option was using one of Oh Joy’s favorite tile shapes (the scallop), on the backsplash. In this option the color comes from the tile but to keep it from overwhelming the space, I had the tile only go up to the floating shelf.

Have you guessed which one we went with? Below is the chosen option rolled out to the rest of the kitchen so you can get a better idea of how the finished space will look!

oh joy office kitchen // design sarah sherman samuelConstruction started this week! Follow along on my and Joy’s Instagram for some more behind the scenes progress and of course I’ll be sharing some progress and the finished space here as well. Stay tuned!

For more behind the design check out today’s post on Oh Joy.

UPDATE: See the full reveal here!

Appliances: KitchenAid // Sink: Ferguson // Faucet: Ferguson // Lighting: Cedar & Moss // Tile: Clé Tile // Stools: CB2 // Cabinetry: Ikea

Trullbrook Kitchen Progress

full slab // green tweed // sarah sherman samuelI’m checking in with some progress from the Trullbrook Residence and the kitchen is quickly winning in the race to my heart. If you haven’t seen the before photos or the design plan take a peek here first. It is pretty much my dream palette which started with the Fireclay Brick Tile (the color is Northwoods) and soared to the nethersphere with this dreamy slab (called green tweed).

fireclay brick tile // northwoods // sarah sherman samueltile-going-inI popped in on tile day and got so excited to see the brick tile getting installed. Each Fireclay brick is handmade and it has a that stubbly texture like, well, brick, so each tile is slightly different than the next, giving it that subtle perfectly imperfect feel. Once it is in, it’s like it was always there.

tile-to-wood-transitionThey had to cover it up right away so the grout dries evenly and to protect it from all the rest of the work going on, but I came back a few days later and peeled up a corner to get a quick snap. Excuse the dirt but I also wanted to show how we used a brass schluter for the transition from tile to hardwood. YUM!

kitchen-hardwareplanNext was onto the cabinet install. Again, we went with Ikea bases and turned to Semi-Handmade for all the doors and drawer fronts. Their shaker profile is a more refined looking and higher quality version of the Ikea shaker doors and their ability to make extra panels and trim pieces give the look of a custom kitchen for a lot less expense. We chose their white supermatte finish.

cabinets-going-inThen came the day when I stopped in to check on the slab install and got a surprise, but this time not a good one. You may see it in the photo above… there is a seam in maybe the worst place to have a seam. One of the focal points of a kitchen is the range and they put a seam, right at eye level above the range!!! UGH.

slabHere’s a close-up so you can see it a big closer. Now, I was METICULOUS with drawings of the slabs and where I wanted to have the cuts. Because, as you can see, the marble has some very unique markings and I wanted to make sure I had control over where the colored veins fell. And thank God I had it all documented, because in this case it was the fabricators mistake and we had the plans to prove it. Unfortunate for them though because they had to buy an entire new slab (thankfully there was 1 left from the same batch at the slab yard) and re-cut it. So we dodged a bullet that would have probably driven my nuts and all is well in the end.

cabinets-ingreen-slab-white-cabinets-brass-pullsOf course by the time I got over to check it out all together, the kitchen was all covered in plastic while the painters were working on the walls and ceiling. You can get the idea of how the kitchen is coming together though. The island still isn’t in, or the appliances, but under all the covers it is getting close (and already looking so much bigger and brighter than the before photos). I was able to peel up a bit of paper to get this tiny detail shot which is getting me so excited to see it all come together. Green + white + brass = true love.

To see all of the Trullbrook Residence plans and progress so far check here. 

Cabinet boxes by Ikea with Doors & Drawer fronts by Semi-handmade // Brick Tile in “Northwoods” by Fireclay // Drawer Pulls by Schoolhouse Electric

Painting SemiHandmade Kitchen Cabinets

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painting semihandmade kitchen cabinetsWhile our construction crew is working on the plumbing and the drywall in the A-frame kitchen, I went on the hunt with BEHR® Paints and found my perfect shade of green, and as it turns out the color is “Chard” (MQ6-49). With that yummy dark green in hand, I got to work painting the Semihandmade doors and drawer fronts for the cabinets. Hands down the topic I get emailed the most questions about is how exactly I painted our kitchen cabinets in our Los Angeles home. So now that I am doing it all over again in the a-frame, I’m sharing the process this time around.

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a-frame kitchen plans & progress

a-frame-kitchen-rendering2It is happening!!!  We have made some progress in the A-frame cabin kitchen… finally. Now that things are underway, I’m excited to share my plans for the space and what made it onto my must have list…

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project light lab

kitchen-rendering2-sssFor the last couple months I have been working behind the scenes for a creative dynamo of a client (actually clients). Anne Sage and Team Woodnote have teamed up in a joint venture called “Light Lab” which is a creative warehouse/studio space in Atwater Village that will be available for photo shoots, workshops, events, etc. and they turned to me for the design of the kitchen and bathroom. It has been such a fun project to work on because kitchens and baths are my favorite to design and they pretty much let me do whatever the heck I wanted. Which included incorporating some unexpected materials, and also featuring one of my own wallpaper designs!

kitchen-design

light-lab-before Above is the kitchen rendering and cabinet plan I shared with them for the design proposal. We are going with black slab cabinets, black appliances, and doing a tile feature on the island (yum). Since it is a warehouse space, everything is in one giant room so I wanted the kitchen to be clean and modern (blending in with the space) but still have special moments like the tile, the extra long floating shelves, and brass stools and a plywood feature wall (more on that soon) that make it unique.

Directly above you are looking at the before photo of where the kitchen will go. We had all sorts of plumbing and electrical work that needed to get done, delaying things ,which seems to be the usual with renovations, but install day should be any day now and I am over here waiting like a kid for Christmas.

Meanwhile… the bathroom is a tad bit further along…

light-lab-bathroom-sssand again, here is the design board, rounding up all the selects. I love love a bold bathroom, so we went for it… gold accents, wallpaper, and the black and white triangle floor tile all make this heart go pitter patter. Especially the wallpaper because… I have been developing my own wallpaper collection and this is the first time seeing one my new designs up and in a space! It isn’t available anywhere yet, but I was able to do a custom print for them.

light-lab-bathroom-wallpaper-sssYou may have seen this sneak peek on instagram, and I know I say this all the time, but I really can’t wait to show you more, just as I can’t wait to see more! Hurry up contractors!!!

Bathroom Sources: Lighting by Cedar & Moss for Rejuvenation // Wallpaper by Sarah Sherman Samuel // Mirror from CB2
I’ll be sharing the rest of the sources in the final reveal.

 

 

kitchen before & after

kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelThe kitchen had been 98% finished for… oh maybe about six months before we got around to the final touches. While we may have moved crazy fast on the recent bathroom reno, things get completed a little slower when it’s DIY.

Because really, after you’ve done the entire kitchen and ran out of supplies for the last pieces of trim, who wants to get all the tools out again just to put up some trim above the cabinets and finish off the toe-kicks? Not this girl… so I saved the project for when my dad came to town and made him do it. Dad’s are good for that sort of thing. And just like that… it is done! Don’t miss the “before and afters” after the jump!

kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelkitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelWe used Semihandmade doors & drawer fronts that were custom made to fit Ikea cabinets, you can read more about the process here. We initially had a professional spray paint the fronts but when we extended the kitchen, we ended up buying a sprayer and painting them ourselves which you can read more about here.

kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelkitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelPreviously the kitchen was a tiny space, completely closed off to the rest of the house. We gutted it, opened it up, expanded it, and added on a separate laundry room so that we could move the washer and dryer out of the pantry and away from the dishwasher.

kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelI sourced the Calacatta Marble from a slab yard in Van Nuys. I can’t say for sure, but I think I found it at Marble Unlimited. There are quite a few stone suppliers in Van Nuys and after visiting a bunch of them, we found the slab I wanted and I can’t remember exactly which one it was from. It makes a pretty perfect backdrop for my cutting boards hey? ;)

Your best bet if you are in the LA area is to drive out there and hop from one to another. Just a warning though, some of them only supply to contractors, you might want to ask first before getting your heart set on the perfect slab.

kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelI knew I had to have brass in the kitchen and found these perfect pulls on myknobs.com (best website name ever?! ha). Cedar & Moss lighting was the icing on the cake and I am still SO in love with the cabinet color (it’s “pigeon” by Farrow & Ball btw). All the sources and side-by-side before and afters, after the jump…  READ MORE